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In 1969, 39 former African Americans landed at Ben Gurion Airport and began one of the most peculiar social experiments in modern history. Guided by their belief in an ancient yet visionary spirituality and an ardent desire to return to the ways of the Genesis, these pioneers began the establishment of what is now internationally renowned as The Village of Peace. The African Hebrew Israelite Community in Dimona, Israel consisting of over 2500 men, women, and children has transcended decades of social restriction and cultural discrimination, while remaining unflinchingly dedicated to an ever evolving vegan, organic lifestyle.

Times in Israel have not always been easy for The African Hebrew Israelites. Assailed as worse than the PLO by the Knesset, though never having been connected to any violence or criminal activity in Israel, they were forced to maintain their focus through great trials. Denied the legal right to work or provide for themselves, these steadfast pioneers would eat bulghur for every meal, rather than waver on their plant based principles. In constant fear of deportation, incarceration, and at times, violent military action, The Village of Peace has maintained its alignment with the purpose of redeeming themselves, their community, and the world by way of a metaphysical naturalism espoused by the communitys founder and leader, Ben Ammi. This perseverance has resulted in a model of vegan excellence that has provided a platform for organizations, communities, and countries throughout the world. This legacy is now been synthesized into The Dimona Protocol--a policy that has the potential to reverse the nutritional, environmental, and social damage being wrought on our world and restore it to its former stasis of sustainability.

The global output of heat-trapping carbon dioxide has jumped by a record amount, according to the US department of energy, a sign of how feeble the world's efforts are at slowing man-made global warming. The figures for 2010 mean that levels of greenhouse gases are higher than the worst case scenario outlined by climate experts just four years ago.

The more we talk about the need to control emissions, the more they are growing, said John Reilly, the co-director of MIT's Joint Program on the Science and Policy of Global Change.

For more than 40 years, the inhabitants of The Island of Sanity have done much more than talk. Long before it became cool to be green, the stalwart members of this "phenomenon in a land of phenomena" established an actual and applicable framework for global sustainability. It is clear that our movement to turn the world's attention, resources, and actions towards the restoration of the globe will require more than hope. The Dimona Protocol will break the stalemate.

The Dimona Protocol is a climate change policy campaign based upon the largest missing carbon sink, created well before the techno-synthetic fantasies of artificial forests and celestial solar mirrors by the African Hebrew Israelites of Jerusalem, inhabitants of the Village of Peace in Dimona, Israelthe largest collective and continuous entity of vegans throughout the world. Elevating the conversation beyond conjecture and theory, The Dimona Protocol has within it the promise of tipping the argument in the favor of reason and real solutions, solutions based upon the protection of life. The advancing of the vegan agenda at an international level, in reality rather than ideology, has the capacity to halt climate change, protect our water resources, save our forests, and feed the world. There will be no better symbol of the power, redemption, and life saving impact of the vegan lifestyle than the image of thousands of expatriated African American vegans living without legal status or income for four decades in the stark desert of southern Israel. Faithful through four decades of military pressures, social oppression, economic restrictions, and material lack, and at times near brutal dietary despair; the Village of Peace community maintained a strict, spiritually founded vegan diet throughout. Due to their heroic commitment, we now have 41 years of calculable evidence as to the real impact of the vegan diet on the ecology, global community, and all life.

The Dimona Protocol is the people's response to the failure of the Kyoto Protocol, Copenhagen, and every other government and corporate led initiative. It is a cultural policy that mandates a holistic, vegan lifestyle in order to better oneself and the world around us. The Dimona Protocol advances the concept of veganism's restorative impact on the environmental crisis by going beyond the numbers to narrate the story of the solution in action. It illustrates the power of people to affect global change. The roots of the current environmental crisis lie in the cultural habits of the prevailing society culture inculcated by corporate interests, government collusion and personal complacency. Therefore, the reformation of the looming catastrophe must also rest in enacting behavioral remedies or people policy--the creation of social standards that address and resolve the myriad of ecological issues facing the earth and its inhabitants. The wholesale adoption of the vegan lifestyle addresses and restores the ecology--both social and natural.

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